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Ports need to see out games, says frustrated scorer Adam Salley

Portadown 2 Larne 2

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Adam Salley with Dean Jarvis. Credit: INPHO/Jonathan Porter

Adam Salley with Dean Jarvis. Credit: INPHO/Jonathan Porter

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Adam Salley with Dean Jarvis. Credit: INPHO/Jonathan Porter

Mixed emotions went only a little way to how Portadown striker Adam Salley felt after marking his 150th game for the club with two stunning goals.

Delighted with his own personal performance and mild satisfaction at taking a point from an exciting 2-2 draw with Larne, there was also frustration for everyone connected with the Shamrock Park men.

It’s not a new feeling for them and neither is letting a lead slip – in fact it has happened in each of their last three home matches.

Salley put the Ports in front with a powerful eighth minute finish that Larne goalkeeper Rohan Ferguson didn’t deal with particularly well

There were striking similarities about his second 20 minutes from time as Portadown regained the lead following Ronan Hale’s 19th minute penalty.

A first home Danske Bank Premiership win of the season continues to elude Matthew Tipton’s men though after David McDaid powered home a header to give Larne a point 90 seconds from the end.

“We feel a bit hard done by. We worked really hard and maybe deserved to win,” said Salley.

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“It was a good game, both teams had their chances and if our game management had been a bit better towards the end we could have eaten up a bit more time, but I know boys are tired and a lot of them are young and inexperienced and that’s a factor.

“Seeing out games is something we need to work on. We are a young team and maybe we are just used to playing like that, but if we keep getting results like this and if we can get one win on the back of it I feel we can go on a run.”

Larne manager Tiernan Lynch was unsurprisingly more concerned about the welfare of midfielder John Herron, who left the pitch on a stretcher and then spent the night in hospital with suspected concussion.

On the pitch his worries surround a defensive record that has seen the Inver Park men concede seven times in their last three games.

“We’re hugely disappointed as a group in the goals that we conceded and the manor in which we conceded them,” said Lynch.

“We need to defend better in those situations, we didn’t and ultimately we got punished for it.”

Portadown: Barr, Hall, McCallum, Ruddy, Jordan, Tipton (McKeown 56 mins), Warde, McLeod, Salley, Bonis, Conaty. Subs not used: Doherty, McKeown, Lavery, Anderson, Glenfield, E Teggart.

Larne: Ferguson, Cosgrove, Balmer, Bolger, Jarvis, Herron (Sule 87 mins), Scott (McDaid 68 mins), Randall, Doherty, Hale, Lynch (Nasseri 80 mins). Subs not used: Argyrides, Kelly, Watson, Oluwa.

Referee: Tim Marshall (Irvinestown) 5.

Man of the match: Adam Salley.

Match rating: 8/10


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